SC refers fresh plea against polygamy, 'nikah halala' to constitution bench

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from the Centre on a fresh plea challenging practices of polygamy and ‘nikah halala‘ among Muslims, as it referred the matter to a constitution bench that has been already asked to hear a batch of similar petitions.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud considered the submissions of senior advocate Vikas Singh and lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay that the petition be listed before a five-judge constitution bench for final adjudication.

The apex court issued notice to the Centre on the petition filed by one Farjana and tagged the matter along with a batch of petitions to be heard by the constitution bench.

“Petitioner is filing this petition under Article 32 of the Constitution seeking a writ, order or direction in the nature of mandamus to declare polygamy and nikah halala, practiced in Muslim community, illegal and unconstitutional for being violative of Articles 14, 15, 21 and…

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